The Art & Science of E-learning

This was a fun 7-minute “lightning talk” I gave today at the Lectora User Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  If you’d like me to send you the links and resources contained in this talk, just drop your email here.

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Performance Consulting: A Strategic Process to Improve, Measure, and Sustain Organizational Results

51heyxwnswl-_ac_ul320_sr200320_In America, organizations spend $175 billion in training initiatives and more than $500 billion in human resource solutions every year yet often have little to show for it. One reason is that people “jump to solutions” before they identify the causes of the problem. Performance consultants are effective because they partner with clients to clarify business goals and determine root causes for gaps between desired and current results. Only then are specific solutions agreed upon and implemented.

e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning

1119158664e-Learning and the Science of Instruction is the ultimate handbook for evidence-based e-learning design. Since the first edition of this book, e-learning has grown to account for at least 40% of all training delivery media. However, digital courses often fail to reach their potential for learning effectiveness and efficiency. This guide provides research-based guidelines on how best to present content with text, graphics, and audio as well as the conditions under which those guidelines are most effective.

Design for How People Learn (Voices That Matter)

51fmdqsdstl-_sx384_bo1204203200_Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it’s not in our job descriptions. Whether it’s giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you’ve ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems.

Visual Design Solutions: Principles and Creative Inspiration for Learning Professionals

9781118863565_front.pdfNo matter what medium you use to deliver content, if the visual design fails, the experience falls flat. Meaningful graphics and a compelling visual design supercharge instruction, training, and presentations, but this isn’t easy to accomplish. Now you can conquer your design fears and knowledge gaps with Visual Design Solutions: a resource for learning professionals seeking to raise the bar on their graphics and visual design skills.

Are you looking to stand out from the crowd? A visual resume might be something you should consider. To that end, here is a template created with PowerPoint that will give you a nice head start and help you avoid starting from scratch and recreating the wheel.

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https://app.box.com/s/jwq8qiesl8r65ybyfis3l56yqp7anakw

Don’t forget that you can easily change the look by changing the color scheme and font set under the Design tab.

Download a copy and try it out for yourself!

If you’re looking for even more ways to snag the best opportunities, you might also be interested in this collection of tools for creating a standout portfolio and online presence. 

Some of the best options from that list are highlighted here along with additional information on creating a professional portfolio:

Top Presentation Slide Decks

Like it or not, the ability to create effective slide designs is a skill that will benefit you and any audience you are trying to reach. This collection is of slide decks will help anyone improve their presentation and slide making skills.

If you want to dive even deeper, you might be interested in this big curated collection of PowerPoint and presentation-related resources that I maintain over on Zeef.

The Science of Memorable Presentations | Ethos 3

Many people who build presentations and other slide-based content like e-learningg can benefit from learning the science behind what works best and what doesn’t. This deck from Ethos 3 is a great start. While you’re at it, check out this must read post on “The Scientific Reason Why Bullets Are Bad for Presentations”

Why Presentations Matter |
The Presentation Designer

In this SlideShare presentation, you’ll see some helpful tips to improve your presentation designs and how to make your presentations more engaging.

Slides that Rock

Five design principles for creating slides that rock!

8 Tips for an Awesome PowerPoint Presentation | Damon Nofar

Try out these eight tips on how to make your PowerPoint slides more visually engaging, creative and fun.

74 Safe Font Combos for PowerPoint |  Johanna Rehnvall

This interactive guide is divided into four groups:  sans serif+sans serifs, sans serifs + serifs, serifs + serifs, serifs + sans serifs. It also has a super helpful matrix view.

23 Quick Color Schemes for Your Presentation | Johanna Rehnvall

This is a quick guideto the built-in PowerPoint color themes which can be easily applied to your presentation and graphics, regardless of what presentation template you are using.

5 Ways to Surprise Your Audience and Catch Their Attention | Damon Nofar

Gaining and keeping the attention of your audience is critical. Check out these five ways of using the element of surprise in your presentations.

One Point Per Slide | Stinson Design

This deck will show you why having only one point per slide is important!

How to be a PowerPoint Animation Ninja | Bright Carbon

BrightCarbon’s presentation experts guide you from animation novice to ninja in 7 easy steps! If you like this one, be sure the check out  How To Be A PowerPoint Animation Ninja (Level 2)!

You Suck at PowerPoint | Jesse Dejardins

Learn about the 5 design mistakes you need to avoid.

Slide Docs | Nancy Duarte

Slidedocs are visual documents developed in presentation software intended to be read and referenced instead of projected. Take a spin through this deck and start reimagining your documents. Visit Nancy Duarte’s slidedocs.com to learn more and download templates that will get you started.

You Already Know How to Build mLearning (You Just Don’t Know It) | Mike Taylor

Mobile content is rapidly becoming a must-have for organizations big and small. This deck will show you how quick and easy it can be to build mobile-friendly content with PowerPoint (yes, PowerPoint) that is visually appealing, interactive, and dynamic.

I’d love to hear if you like any of these or what others are on your list of favorites!

This is post #7 in a series of 12. See them all here. 

You Already Know How to Build mLearning (You Just Don’t Know It)

Here are the slides from my recent FocusOn Learning session in Austin, TX You Already Know How to Build mLearning (You Just Don’t Know It)

A big thank you to everyone who was there and feel free to share it with others!

Curated Collection of Design Resources

I put this together for a recent learning design workshop and wanted to share it with everyone.

NOTE: Download the PDF to access all the clickable links in the document.

Check out a bigger, broader collection of tools and resources on this page curated by Tracy Parish.

https://e-learning.zeef.com/tracy.parish

Multimedia Learning Design Principles

I created this handout for a recent workshop from Richard Mayer’s Principles for Multimedia Learning.

Sharing Some PowerPoint & Elearning Slide Designs

As I recently cleaned out some old files, I came across these PowerPoint slide designs that I never used. Since its International Work Out Loud Week I thought I’d share these for anyone who might be able to use them for a presentation or online course.

SlideDesigns

Download PowerPoint Slides

 

Friday 5 – Team knowledge sharing, Interactive presentation polling, Excel Fill magic

Thanks for stopping by. Here are the things I’m noodling on this week. I share a whole lot more things like this on Twitter and save the better ones over in Diigo.

Guru

Guru is a browser extension that facilitates knowledge sharing among teams. I’m giving it a try to see how well it works. If it’s successful I’ll share more details later.  If you try it out for yourself, I’d love to hear what you think.

Guru-Chrome-KnowledgeSharing

https://www.getguru.com/

PollEverywhere

I’ve talked about PollEverywhere before and have been a fan for some time. Now it’s available for Google Slides and it is even included with PowerPoint on the iPad.

Google Slides

If you use Google slides, check out this Chrome browser add-in for PollEverywhere.

PowerPoint for iPad

Microsoft now pre-installs Poll Everywhere in PowerPoint on your iPad. If you’re up to date you’ve got it. It’s right there in the Add-ins menu.

Duarte Diagrammer

This isn’t new, but it resurfaced for me this week and it’s definitely worth sharing.  Pictures are worth a thousand words and finding the right diagram can be life saver. Choose from more than 4,000 customizable diagrams and download the free PowerPoint®-ready file to enhance your presentation.

DuarteDiagrammer

http://www.duarte.com/diagrammer/

Wiselike

Wiselike provides a web-based platform that allows users to sign up with their full credentials and expertise to share their knowledge with folks who have questions. These experts are invite-only, and users who wish to be experts can ask Wiselike for an invite to become a knowledge sharer. Got any questions for me? My page is here.

WiselikeCOM

https://wiselike.com/

Why Write Excel Formulas When You Can Flash Fill?

Flash fill is great for so many things beyond basic number and date series – especially, when it comes to cleaning data.

https://miketips.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/why-write-excel-formulas-when-you-can-flash-fill/

Guest Post on ASTD Blog

I have a new guest post over on the ASTD blog that touches on how us learning types can become more efficient, more effective and avoid becoming irrelevant.

From Training to Performance—A Necessary Evolution

 

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